"Bad Boys For Life" Soundtrack Captures Mainstream Hip Hop's Current State

With the release of Bad Boys For Life being just a week away, We The Best Music Group and Epic Records have released the official track list for the original motion picture soundtrack. While it's riddled with many 90s easter eggs like samples from 90s songs and a reunion of a 90s duo, its nostalgia doesn't seem like it will be overdone. In fact, the bulk of the track list features some of today's most successful hip hop artists and even a Black Eyed Peas sans Fergie.

Two out of the 10 tracks have already been released as promotional singles and have gone over well with audiences. According to Billboard, the film's lead single "Ritmo" by Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin, released in early October of 2019, reached no. 1 on their Hot Latin Songs chart. The second track "Muévelo" by Nicky Jam and Daddy Yankee (reuniting as the late 90s duo Los Cangris that earned them breakout success) didn't create as much of a splash, but was likely not promoted with the same effort being that it's not the title track.

The original Bad Boys soundtrack captured the mainstream hip hop landscape of 1995 featuring artists like Warren G, 2Pac, Juvenile, Xscape, The Notorious B.I.G., and Babyface who at the time could have been viewed similarly to Bad Boys For Life's inclusion of the Black Eyed Peas. Maybe not as immediately relevant in comparison to the rest of the artists on the track list, but still recognized as being a key player down the road to mainstream hip hop as it stands on each soundtrack.

Some music sites have already predicted that the soundtrack will be awful and based on the first two tracks, I can't imagine the soundtrack producing anything groundbreaking but I also can't imagine anyone who is a fan of mainstream hip hop not enjoying it.

You can listen to the released tracks and preorder Bad Boys For Life The Soundtrack here.

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